Dean Ritchey
  • Strategic Planning & Scaling Up
  • CEO Growth Coaching
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • Company Health Assessments

Dean Ritchey

A teacher at heart, Dean Ritchey brings specialized expertise from a career as a senior executive in the North American consumer goods/retail sector to his coaching practice.

Combined with a love for the dynamics of the business world, and an unbridled commitment to see people achieve the extraordinary, his passion lies in growth and development, as he works to enhance the skills of leadership teams, and challenge his clients to do – and be – more than they thought possible.

Dean earned a Bachelors of Business Management, and a Masters in Executive Management, and is skilled in the Rockefeller Habits, as a Coach, and a Continuous Improvement trainer.

Intrigued by the links between people’s passion for their work, and the results they generate, Dean focuses on building teams to increase engagement and deliver the results that impact a company’s long-term success. He believes that success is about making a conscious choice to execute the right decisions at the right time and loves discovering those opportunities with his clients.

Dean, a great reader of business books, loves soccer, running, hiking and fly fishing – and travelling in Mexico with his wife Rossy, and two their children.

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Kristin Hazzard
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • HR Strategy & Topgrading
  • Keynotes & Workshops

Kristin Hazzard

As a coach and consultant to executives and leaders in high growth entrepreneurial organizations, Kristin Hazzard understands the importance of building and developing a high-performing team. Working with clients internationally, Kristin drives growth in organizations through assessing and developing talent, training leaders, and strengthening executive team alignment. She is an expert at solving complex people issues, navigating relationships and conflict, organizational leadership and development, and optimizing on opportunities to achieve positive results for her clients.

Drawing on a wide breadth of professional practice, a Master’s degree in Educational Practice, an entrepreneurial mindset and experience as an elite athlete, Kristin thinks strategically and focuses on the big picture achieved through measurable goal setting and execution. She is particularly adept at navigating and leveraging the individual and complementary personality styles and skills of people within high performing and cross functioning teams, in different scenarios.

 

With an affinity towards the psychology of leadership and being a true educator at heart, Kristin is motivated to help leaders grow and take massive action in their lives, both personally and professionally. As an accomplished speaker and best-selling co-author, Kristin inspires through her infectious passion and no-excuses mindset. She is heavily invested in the success of her clients and will roll up her sleeves to solve any challenges they may face and stretch them to achieve their highest potential.

Kristin is passionate about helping her clients build winning teams full of talented A-Players. She does not accept mediocrity and holds her clients accountable to a high standard. Through her coaching, speaking, and advising, Kristin makes leaders better and ensures companies have a the high-performing team needed for sustainable growth.

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Tim Schokking
  • Strategic Planning & Scaling Up
  • CEO Growth Coaching
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • Company Health Assessments

Timothy Schokking

From start-ups to multibillion-dollar multinationals, Timothy Schokking helps businesses of all sizes to identify, align, and implement critical value-driven strategies.

His work as a coach and consultant is infused with deep, front-line experience, anchored with a BA in Economics and Business from York University, and an MBA in Corporate Finance and Management of Innovation and New Technology from McMaster University.

Career highlights include Human Resource Specialist for Van Hessen BV, Marketing Associate for SIR Corp, and Production Group Leader at General Motors; and Director of Business Development at the Cliner Group, where he led small- to large-scale projects to ensure alignment with business priorities using a holistic approach to business development, while considering marketing, branding, people, sales and strategy. Tim was also Manager of Innovation Strategy and Operations at Canadian retailer lululemon, where he managed the Innovation Operations team, and developed long-term strategies in collaboration with internal teams and external stakeholders.

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Brett Abram
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • HR Strategy & Topgrading
  • Company Health Assessments

Brett Abram

A passion for developing people and helping them to find their way follows Brett Abram’s career path. Known for his optimism, Brett is a leadership educator who shares his wisdom and insight with purpose and intention as he helps to bring organizational strategies to life, and provides the direction and support for individuals and teams to succeed and strengthen others.

A Human Resources professional for the last 25 years – with senior experience in public and private sectors, retail, manufacturing and media broadcasting – he is also an Adler Trained Coach and certified in Myers Briggs.

Brett’s deepest satisfaction comes from working with people whose “ah ha” moments mark a new level of excited self-awareness and insight about themselves and those with whom they work.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Brett and his wife are avid baseball fans who travel internationally as #1 fans of their son, a former member of the Canadian junior and senior national teams; and now on a university scholarship.

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Kurtis Osborne
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning & Scaling Up
  • Company Health Assessments

Kurtis Osborne

Kurtis takes a holistic approach to his work to secure the financial health and wellbeing of founder-led, growing companies.

With experience in a variety of sectors – including construction, manufacturing, tech, and non-profits – he is intimate with the excitement, pain and challenges of growing companies, and passionate about helping CEOs to be successful.

Using numbers as the tool of his accomplished trade, Kurtis works with senior leadership teams to bring clarity and structure to financial planning, execution and assessment. His practical, grounded and analytical perspective reveals what big picture goals actually look like, and informs a team’s ability to look forward, manage, learn, and grow.

As a former varsity basketball athlete, he appreciates and values the results that can be achieved by the creativity, hard work and determination of a great team. Off the court, he loves dishing up gourmet barbecue fare for big family dinners and chasing his three young children.

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Laurie Ballantyne
  • Senior Leadership Development
  • HR Strategy & Topgrading
  • Strategic Planning & Scaling Up
  • Company Health Assessments

Laurie Ballantyne

With a genuine care and concern for people, coupled with an insightful, resourceful and strategic brain, Laurie says that she didn’t choose to work in HR – HR chose her.

After 20 years building Human Resources departments in privately held, organizations, with teams up to 1000 people, she became a consultant to provide holistic HR services, expertise, and training and development for a wide variety of clients. From healthcare to food production, mining, transportation and professional services, Laurie’s sweet spot lies in helping clients in phases of rapid growth.

Known for building collaborative environments that balance the needs of people and organizations, Laurie understands how all the pieces of human performance fit with strategy, values and purpose; and to identify the priorities and needs which meet the goals and objectives of an organization.

As a human resource strategist, she knows that stagnancy happens when you stop continuing to improve and innovate and always seeks answers to two questions: “What can we do better? How can we be better?”.

And, when it comes to people, she understands – from beginning to end – what works and what doesn’t, from knowledge gaps and processes, to solving conflict. She genuinely wants to hear people’s stories, to build great relationships, and to arm them with the tools and resources they need to support a company’s operational needs.

It’s about making their working life better and the company better.

The enthusiasm Laurie brings to her work also infuses her love of 80s music, her family and friends, and her bright yellow vintage Volkswagen.

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